Kings Dominion 2017: New Deals and Fun for Families

Kings Dominion is OPEN for the 2017 season, and open daily for Spring Break, April 7 - April 16! Kings Dominion is one of the best amusements parks in the nation, and it's just a quick drive for us Washington, DC area families - how lucky are we? The A Parent in Silver Spring family loves to visit Kings Dominion as much as possible, and so when the park opened last week we knew spring had finally sprung. Our day at the park was packed with brand new fun rides and ways for families to bond.Adults Read more...

Mother of All Baby Showers Features Newest Baby Products

If you ever have the chance to attend a Mother of All Baby Showers event, clear your calendar, grab a friend, pawn off your kids and make sure to attend. This event is loads of fun, there are tons of prizes and it is packed with the latest and best items for expectant moms, babies and families with littles.I have attended several years and always come home loaded with swag and learning after meeting with experts for new and expanding families. Last week's Mother of All Baby Showers Luxe Read more...

Medieval Times Spring Break Savings and Junior Knight Training

The last time we went to Medieval Times' Baltimore/Washington, DC castle was in 2012. Five years later, we saw that our favorite elements had remained intact, but exciting new features (and special savings for Spring Break 2017) have been added to the medieval tournament show!New Junior Knight Training Experience at the April 11, 12 and 13th, 2017 5pm Shows  Your children ages 5-12 can have the chance to train with the Knights of the Realm, free with their child's admission! At 3:30pm, Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Last Hurrah in DC!

  One More Time: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Final Farewell If you are fans of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Greatest Show On Earth, be sure to catch it one last time before it permanently closes this spring. The Out of This World production of the circus will be our last chance to see the extraordinary performers and exotic animals in this ultimate circus spectacle. In this production, prepare to blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space-age family Read more...

Silver Spring Family Run April 1st: Ben’s Run to Benefit Children’s National and Pediatric Cancer Research

Ben's Run on April 1st in Silver Spring - Great Time, Great CauseEach year my family and I run for Ben Goldfogle, a boy in our neighborhood who we sadly did not get the honor of meeting. Ben bravely fought leukemia under the care of Children’s National for six and a half years, until he passed away from an infection in September 2009 after his second bone marrow transplant. He was just one month from his 12th birthday. This race honors Ben’s amazing spirit and the many other children Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Ella Enchanted at Adventure Theatre MTC

Catch Ella Enchanted at Adventure Theatre MTC...and enter for a chance to win 4 free tickets for your family! Ella Enchanted  February 3 – March 19, 2017A co-commission with First Stage, Milwaukee, WI Adapted from the Newberry Honor book by Gail Carson Levine By Karen Zacarias - Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma - Directed by Mary Hall Surface Recommended for all agesOur daughters were fans of the Anne Hathaway version of Ella Enchanted, but that favorite status has been usurped by Read more...

My latest in Washington Post: Best Indoor Play Places for DC Kids in Winter

These indoor destinations are the fun-filled remedy for your kid’s winter bluesby Jessica McFadden for The Washington Post Weekend & Going Out GuideWe love raising our kids in the D.C. area — except in January, February and March, when outdoor play options are limited, cold weather drives us indoors and schools are often inexplicably closed. If you and your crew have had your fill of family-focused hygge this winter, check out these 12 get-out-of-the-house destinations filled Read more...

Holiday Outing for DC Families: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Adventure Theatre MTC

We are massive Adventure Theatre MTC groupies now, but back in December of 2007 we selected Adventure Theatre for our then four-year-old Charlie's first stage production ever. It was a two-person telling of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a book we had been reading to him at bedtime. We guessed that the small theater, children-centric storytelling and one-act format would be a great first foray to theatre for our preschooler.We were so right. The outing was a success, as Charlie was Read more...

NEW Dave and Buster’s in Downtown Silver Spring

Theres a brand new Dave & Buster’s in downtown Silver Spring! Located on the 5th floor of Ellsworth Place (formerly City Place Mall), this was the biggest and most beautiful Dave & Busters we have ever played visited. It's 40,000 square feet of top-of-the-line video games and a modern sports-bar style restaurant.The A Parent in Silver Spring kids and parents enjoyed playing as many of the 160 Dave & Buster's games in the Million Dollar Midway as our $10 game cards would Read more...